Universität Lüneburg was founded as a teacher training college, but now you can choose from a variety of disciplines taught in German and English. During the time of its switch to a full-fledged German university, Lüneburg had around 1,000 students. The university now has over 7,000 students.
Located in the state of Lower Saxony, Lüneburg not only has a rich history but a lively present. With numerous museums, theatres, cinemas, pubs, bistros, cafes, and discos, you will find plenty to do and see. Stop by the city markets on Wednesdays or Saturdays to experience the mixing of old and new in modern Lüneburg.
Four weeks before the commencement of regular classes at Lüneburg, you will have the opportunity to take an intensive language German course. This course is not required but highly recommended (even for those with a good command of German).
The majority of courses taught at Lüneburg are taught in German, but you will be able to choose from some courses taught in English as well.Modules taught in English include: Cultural Studies, Business Administration and Economics, Environmental Sciences, and Teacher Education. Find out more here.
Courses in German are taught in the following areas:Teacher Training
Education, Social Work and Therapy
Economics and Social Sciences
Applied Cultural Studies
Water and Soil Management
Courses in English are taught in the following areas:Business Studies
English Language and Literature
**Please note: The winter semester at Lüneburg is equivalent to our fall semester at EIU; the summer is equivalent to our spring semester.**
After Your Trip:
Take STA4000G at EIU to fulfill your senior-seminar requirement!
The International Office at Lüneburg organizes activites and social events throughout the semester/year specifically for international students. Some events you might see on the calendar include: bowling night, tour of the city, International Cafe night, trips to area cities, a theatre performance, and a canoe trip.
Travel around the city is easily done on bike or on foot; however, your student ID will also enable you to ride on the city bus for free. If you want to travel to other areas of Germany or Europe, you can travel by bus, train, or airplane. Public transportation in Europe is excellent and affordable.
International program students may opt for pre-arranged accommodation. Subject to availability, room reservations are made in either student residences on- or off-campus or in private apartments. Student and private apartments usually consist of 2-4 single rooms with a room size varying from approx. 12 to 25 square meters, 1 or 2 bathrooms and a kitchen. Apartments are usually co-ed.
For international program students, the accommodation service provides fully furnished rooms including bedding and bed linen. For placement, additional services such as furnishing, bedding and bed linen, and obligatory liability insurance a one-time service fee is charged (155 EUR for one semester, 230 EUR for two semesters). Both the service fee and the rent for one semester in full must be paid within the first ten days upon arrival. (For payment information, please see the Lüneburg International Office web site.)
**You are responsible for making all housing arrangements and payments directly to Universität Lüneburg.**
Talented Student Award
This exchange program is qualified for the Talented Student Award from the Office of Study Abroad. Qualified students who plan to enroll at one of the approved exchange programs are eligible to receive a tuition waiver scholarship for up to 12 credits of EIU tuition. Applicants must have at least a cumulative 2.5 GPA. This award is reserved for students that exhibit financial need (as reported on their FAFSA), and have distinguished themselves as high-achieving students. The application for the Talented Student Award can be found on Academic Works.
Foreign Entry Requirements
To enter Germany, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.
Students must apply for a student visa (Visum zu Studienzwecken or Bewerbervisum) early in advance at the Consulate General in Chicago (312/580-1199), presenting the following documents:Valid passport and additional passport-sized photos
Confirmation of application or admission to a German Institution of Higher Education
Do not enter Germany with a tourist visa since there is no way to get it changed into a student visa.
A student visa gives permission to enter Germany and to stay in the country for a short time period only (max. up to three months). In order to get permission to stay for the entire study period, students must apply for the residence permit at the local registration office (Einwohnermeldeamt/Ausländerbehörde) within a week upon arrival in Germany.
All international students, including nationals from the EU and EFTA member states as well as the USA, must apply for the residence permit. The application includes: The completed application form
Proof of registration with the University
Statement that the living expenses are covered
2 passport-sized photos
Passport or ID
Entry visa for study purposes if required for residents of non-EU countries a small charge will be made. Please note that you have to sign off when you leave the country!
Travel Document Systems (TDS) can also provide you with helpful information on every country, including entry requirements, cultural information, travel conditions, economy, and more.
You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.
**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **
Please note that EIU does not own, operate, or sponsor this program.